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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/13/2008

Whats up folks?

Two more weeks and Im getting a bit nervous…after all of this training and talking about training I want it more than ever. Im finally down to about 220 and intend on continuing to lose weight through the first couple of weeks of training camp.  I saw steve berger of the long island lizards last evening and he is already talking trash about picking up all of my GB’s. . .I asked him to wait until I made the team to bring the garbage.  Either way I have some serious butterflies growing here, which is a good thing.  Over the years I can remember that in the games I was most nervous I played the best, in those I was relaxed I usually had a sub par day.  I suppose the nerves keep me grounded.

I am still doing power hour and I have been running in the evenings on those days….Then on Tuesday and Thursdays I am doing interval training on the treadmill, urg and bike, followed by a weight circuit with mike (my trainer) essentially we do the workout that SOFletes sent me only with some variations from week to week.  I usually follow that workout up with some live draws and face off drills with the WAC “clampers”.  It is good because by the time I get out there I can generally NOT feel my upper or lower body from the circuit and intervals.  In fact it is humbling because the average weight and height of the WAC face off men is like 150 and 5′7, and when I am in this condition even they can muscle me if I dont get off the X quick.  It has really kept me on my toes.

I have been trying to keep myself busy with some fun activities on the weekends to keep my mind off of all this.  this last weekend I went to Towson, and spoke at a alumni dinner, then went to the TU/Drexel game.  I have to say, Drexel is BIG.  They had some real horses on that squad, and they have come so far since I graduated.  Unfortunately the tigers lost but it was a real nail biter, it came down to the last 20 seconds, but the “gers” could not punch one in to tie it up.  Either way it was a great weekend, and watching them play got me even more fired up to suit up for another season.

I am still interested in hearing what you all might have to say about gearing up for a season of battle on the field.  what gets you fired up?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/24/2008

well ladies and gentlemen, we are about four weeks away from training camp, and it is crunch time.  i have increased my cardio, continued to push myself in “power hour” and to be honest i continue to crush the weights.

i recently realized that this was all working when i decided to throw on a shirt that i have actually have never fit into. another gift from sofletes from a few years ago.  he got me a large, and said it was because i was a meathead and figured i would want something tight…i think he got the large with the intention of letting me know that he thought i was fat.  either way i am officially willing to wear this shirt in public(well at least in the gym), it reads:

the first rule of “ioc” is:
you dont talk about “ioc”
the second rule of “ioc”:
you dont talk about “ioc”
and if this is your first day in “ioc”:
you have to fight
(SEE PHOTO)

Just a little spin off of a great movie (fight club).  by the way “ioc” is a recon marine unit (at least i think) and yes i do know that it was made for meat heads to wear but hey i think i am a meathead at heart.  dare i say “metro meathead”…i am defintely a “metro redneck”.  anyway i love that i can wear a large and at worst i look like one of those jerks inthe weight room in a wife beater, who is doing curls in the mirror, grunting, and taking frequent water breaks at the water fountain near the yoga studio, i love red bull.  ok i think you get the idea.

lets get down to business.  today i got an e-mal from trey reader of the new jersey pride, wanted to know what size jersey i wanted, uhhhhh hello xxl.  and for cryin out loud how many options do we really need for elbow pads…some of these things freakin things cover your whole dang arm..what ever happened to taking it like a man?  i have requested the absolute smallest elbow pads that are available, and the smallest shoulder pads that warrior makes, even though i have no plans on wearing shoulder pads.  what about the shafts?  ummmmm, dont they just sell titanium anymore?  oh, you mean there are 400 different variations of titanium and several hundred “alloy mixes” out there…i chose two shafts that i never plan on using…red diamond thingy-ma-jiggers, that will be traveling to southern md to my wifes cousins, that is of course if they dont already have one.

now to the heads…i mean i dont have a freakin clue about the heads…i use an edge that i baked in 2001 and a blade that paul cantebene gave me since they are hard to come by anymore(the original blade mind you) soooo what is a “clutch” and a “truth”?  nevermind i’ll just take one of each, by the way in the case you were wondering i would like my ferrari in black, thats right baby dont forget the navi in that joint.

huh, you arent buying us cars. . .what about an apartment for the season? no d***ok well i at least get a signing bonus dont i?  huh?  well i know i get a new helment and some new gear, that and the oportunity to smash heads with some dudes that i quite honestly believe are over rated (no names, sorry).

the count down has begun, in the next couple of weeks i will be pushing myself to the limit.  i would love to hear any of your comments, on how you like to get ready for the begining of your season.  how do you relax, get pumped up, and how do you get your mind in the right place to compete for a whole season of pounding it out on the field?

hopefully some of you can give me some suggestions for how to get geared up that i dont already use…thanks in advance!

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/05/2008

Whats up Folks?

Im in a pretty good mood today, as it is my birthday SWEEEEEET.  I started the day off with “Power Hour” and then hit the road for some client meetings, and got back just in time for a office lunch honoring yours truly.  Although it was a pretty awesome gesture, they surprised me with one of my favorite meals from BEFORE I started training…It was a sandwich called the Mayflower…16 inches of sub with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, BRUTAL.  of course I ate as much as I could as not to be rude, but man do I feel like crap!  The Ladies in the office dont seem to get the training thing, but none the less they are very thoughtful.

OK Back to Lacrosse.  I am starting to get the itch real bad, the other night at WAC practice it started to feel like everything was falling into place.  Im hitting the whistle well, reading my wing play, and getting the ball to the right people after winning the face-offs.  not to mention my intensity seems to have grown immensely, I actually think some of the younger guys on the WAC team are scared of me.  And why not? Im completely mysterious to them. All they know is that I used to coach at WAC, I used to play in the MLL and I am about twice their size, oh and my idea of mental training for the Washington college “x”men it to tell them exactly how much they suck (of course in a constructive yet blunt manor).  Either way it feels good to be more like I was in college, INTENSE.

A few weeks back Trey Reeder from the New Jersey organization sent me a few questions about who I am on and off the field, and today they were posted on the “Pride Website”.  This is when it really hit me…IM BACK.  New Jersey always treated me well, even when I was just out of college, because of this I promised Pete Jacobs (the head coach) that I would get into the right kind of shape to help his team to compete(face offs are an area of concern, as they should be).

I think today will end up going in the category of “set back” once my evening is over, since I am going to dinner with the family tonight and lunch was clearly not the kind of meal I would have normally eaten. However, as a whole I am on course, and cannot see any reason why I will not be ready for this season.

In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE!

Berry

aka “twentynineandmyhandsarestillfasterthanyours”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/29/2008

OK, so it has been a couple of weeks since I posted, sorry.  Between work and working out and finding time to spend with my wife, I have been a bit busy.  So when I got back from the ski trip I was eager to get back in the weight room, I was also eager to get back on the scale.  The thing is I have been building my cardio, and eating healthier but the weight had, simply NOT been “falling off” like mike, and I had hoped.  Sooooooo, I started “logging” my eating habits…yeah I said I was “logging” my eating habits…SWEET.

As it turns out I was WAY over the top in carbs. I though all of the whole grains and granola would be helping me lose weight however,  since I was eating sooo freakin much of it I was just staying the same.  Now dont get me wrong, I have probably put on 7-10lbs of muscle, so I was losing fat, just not at the rate I wanted to…..long story short my weight had actually gone up,  WHAT? 240lbs REALLY?!?!?!  I mean my endurance is up my strength is up and my stamina is great. . .F-WORD!

Since I was “Logging” my eating, we came to this conclusion I needed to start on a high protein, veggie and fruit diet with limited carbs. . .as it seems I have plenty of FAT for my body to feed off of for energy. Now I am not cutting carbs out comepletely so I will still have some extra energy source…

In two weeks time I have dropped almost ten lbs. . .now this is the progress that I was looking for….I am sure however some of that is water weight, so I have to stay ahead of it by eating right.

Now, if you were ever a wrestler you would know that the human body in ideal circumstances (meaning, if you eat right and exercise regularly) will “Float”, as my father used to say, two pounds over night.  that means I will lose two pounds every night, and if I exercise and continue to eat right I can get ahead of that two pounds..that’s right Breier, this is the secret!

OK, so what is the deal, with the right foods?  Man this is the hardest part, the following is an example of what I will eat in any given day:

7:30a–two hard boiled eggs, and a piece of fruit

10:00a–celery with some(but no too much) peanut butter

12:00n–salad with chick peas, black beans, carrots, Bell peppers, and a can of tuna

3:00p–an apple

6:00p–Chicken (no buttery, or oil based sauces, just bake it and eat)
Steamed cauliflower, with pepper NO salt, or butter
Canned corn again NO BUTTER OR SALT

7:00p–a piece of fruit for desert if I really want it

The thing is none of this would be that bad except that when I cook I want some flavor.  Veggies are much harder to eat when you steam them and don’t put anything on them but pepper. . .Chicken is the same, the only saving grace is oregano, other than that I don’t put anything on it, it does not make for a very extravagant meal….Note: special thanks to Shannon my wife for eating this flavorless food with me, I know it sucks sometimes!

Now here is the kicker, if you eat like this for a week or so, and force this “flavorless” food down, your body will actually begin to crave it, you will actually enjoy steamed cauliflower with pepper. . .these foods are actually pretty good as they are…most of us are just so used to “More flavor” and “Extra Cheese”. . .In short the American eating habits reflect our society. . .MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER….WRONG!

OK so I have conquered eating…task complete…sooooo, what else am I doing?  You might wonder why I titled this post “6:00am REALLY”…well, as you may recall I wanted to increase my time with Mike Duquette, and as it seems he teaches a class at 6:00a Monday/Wednesday/Friday at the college.  This way I can work with him EVERY DAY of the week, and three of those days I can get home to Shannon and the dog  by 5:30p instead of 7:00p. . .This has definitely been BETTER for me…besides the 5:00am wake up of course!

This class is all the things that Mike and I would normally do only more advanced and for twice as long, and the best part is I don’t have to pay a dime for this, since I am an assistant coach at the college this class is FREE, SWEEEEEEEET.  Some 15-20 people come to the class regularly, including my mother, the health nut, who also happens to be a beast in the weight room! (just a little shout out).  A lot of the exercises are weight enhanced and everyone is given the appropriate weight before the class starts (example: if we are using “plates” I would be given a 45lb plate and my mother would get a 10lb or 25lb).  We usually do our dynamic stretching and move into footwork, followed by several short circuits and then one 20 minute circuit, finishing up with some more stretching for the last five minutes…the class totals an hour, hence the name “Power Hour” (Sorry fellas there are no shots involved).

Oh yeah, On Tuesdays and Thursdays I am doing cardio, Last night I thought it would be a good idea to do some stadium stairs….BAD MOVE…the womens lacrosse team was practicing, so I could not exactly stop after the first one. . .so I had to forge through until they left the field to avoid looking like a slacker….BRUTAL.  Followed that up with some live draws with the team and some full field “situational face-offs”. . .This week has been a monster!

Until next time

JB

P.S.  I hope Shannahan is reading this stuff, I am looking forward to meeting him at the X. . .we used to have some great battles in college.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/15/2008

Sweeeeeet, Im headed for Deep Creek MD ladies and gentleman, after an awesome valentines day dinner, that only cost me one arm and one leg, the boys are headed out of town for a couple of nights to relive our youth.  Myself and a couple of buddies are going skiing, one of whom is former LA riptide teamate Jon Fellows, this should prove to be a fantastic couple of days!

I am not only excited about the vacation but the idea that I can use the skiing as a workout.  If you have ever been to WISP you would know that it is NOT a very hard place to ski.  Black Diamonds are more like the greens in vermont so I am not all too worried about getting hurt.  In fact I am really excited to be skiing during a time that I am in pretty good shape.  In years past I have gone, but I was not playing and not keeping in shape, creating body aches and the desire to leave the hill earlier than my friends.  not to mention when you get fatigued and try to continue you are increasing risk of injury….and don’t worry, I always know when the right time to stop is, I have already blown out my knee, I don’t need to do it twice.

Continuing with my thought that this is a great opportunity to get a big workout in, I am all together pumped, the guys who I am skiing with are pretty good skiers and if I can keep up with them I can probably burn some serious calories.  We purposely made the trip so that we leave this afternoon and wont have much time to hit the bars tonight, that way we are not sluggish in the a.m.  this way we can feel alright about hitting our favorite Deep Creek spot, the Black Bear Tavern, live music and cold bevi’s!!!

anyway I got a couple of really great workouts in on Monday, Tues, Wednesday, had to take last night off and obviously traveling tonight, so I have to get a good workout from this weekends trip.  My trainer and I have decided to up the amount of time we spend together, by one more day a week.  Reason being, I have noticed that I make significant progress on the days we meet and when we do not I feel like I could be doing more.  this way I get my a$$ handed to me more often and when I workout myself I cen feel confident that it is a much needed break…although I must say they do not feel like “breaks”.

I am still doing the workout that my meatstick marine buddy sent me, but I have decided to ad some flare to it.  I start with 30 mins on the bike on random hill at level 10 to get the blood moving.  then I do whatever the first super set is in its entirety, then immediately to the treadmill for 10 minutes of sprints.  I follow each superset with 10 minutes of sprints on the treadmill and end with some abs….KILLER

OK I will be sure to fill you in on the ski trip…one of my buddies is single so the rest of us are pulling for him!

Justin a.k.a.

“BODIEBERRYONTHEHILL”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/07/2008

OK

So I gave it almost a week but I could not hold back any longer…The freakin g-men pulled it off.  Can you believe it?  Anyway it is still sinking in for me too, but I have to say Karma sure did bite the Patriots in the a$$ this time.  I wont go to far into it, but with all the indiscretions going around about the patriots, I am starting to think that maybe they have been a little too good to be doing it honestly…I mean come on, Peyton Manning calls over 60% of his plays by himself, he is clearly the BEST quarterback in the league, yet Brady is regarded as better. . .WHY?  Well before now it was simple, Brady had won three freakin championships…

Does anyone else think that if the Colts were providing Peyton Manning with the coverages during the games dont you think he would absolutely destroy whomever he was playing against ? anyway I digress…the g-men gave it to the Pats real good this time around, and it still feels great.

On to this weeks workouts.

This week has been tough, I was quite frankly hung over for almost two days after the big game.  I had worked out Saturday and Sunday so I didn’t feel bad taking Monday off (generally I go 4 days on and 1 day off) but even Tuesday was tough.  I worked pretty hard though, in fact I think I was feeling kind of guilty because I had indulged so much, therefore I may have pushed a little too hard.

I have been trying to recover from Tuesdays workout for two days, not to mention my workout with mike yesterday was a slammer, we were pressed for time so we fit a 30 minute circuit into 20 minutes, I thought my legs were going to explode.  Then I went out to the field to beat up on some college boys.  Since they had forgotten the balls I sent a freshman to get them while I did sprints with the rest of them.  Well I called them sprints but since they had just gotten done doing sprints with the rest of the team and I was coming off of a circuit, we all looked a little more like wounded race horses. . OK I looked like a wounded race horse, they were more like Shetland pony’s!

Finally the “Frosh” got back and we went right into live draws, the rules were the same, no letting up until the ball was off the ground.  I have to say for a bunch of tired guys we really got after it.

Today I woke up and it all caught up to me, I was supposed to do another circuit with Mike Duquette but I thought it would be better to hit the bike for a while(to get the lactic acid out) and get a major lift in…that I did.  I have to say the new workout is definitely making a difference, I can actually see the begining of a six pack starting to emerge, and my legs and upper hamstrings are clearly stronger and more defined than maybe ever…now lets not get excited even in my best shape ever I have never had more than a 4 pack, this just means I am starting to get into the kind of physical shape I will need to be in to take on the MLL’s finest.

Anyway tomorrow is going to be the best workout of the week, I am hitting the gym hard followed by some sprints and then going to do some scrimmaging with the team (WAC).  I fully expect to be spent when it is all over.

I will end on this note, although I love the Giants and I love football, I am real glad it is over.  for the most part I do not drink that often.  outside of football season you can expect maybe a beer or two on the weekend and maybe a few glasses of wine with dinner during the week.  This football season really put a tax on me, and it was most definitely hindering early week workouts.  Now it is over, and I can completely focus on diet and conditioning…until next time “ALL HAIL THE NEW YORK GIANTS”.

JB

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/02/2008

Whats up folks, its been a few days since I posted, but today I get to write about what I am referring to as “stage two”.  As many of you may have read in the last post comments I am volunteering with the washington college lacrosse team, and today was my first day.

I started with another great workout in the gym, starting with some interval training on the bike, followed by another intense pump with the weights.  Again supersetting and or “tri” setting everything with no rest, except to move from excercise to excercise.  Now it sounds like I am doing a circuit, but it is more like several small circuits with very low weights and fast, high, reps.  I was SPENT when I left the gym…but my day was far from over.

Stage two: WHISTLES

I made my way out to the field and met up with the team, they were just starting stretching, so I had some time to catch my breath, but not long.  Coach Clarke asked me what I wanted to do and we both decided that I would get about a half hour with them to start, including the face-off warm up followed by live draws.  after that I would be taking whomever was not participating in certain drills and going live, one player at a time.

When we first started I grabbed the guys and requested their best effort, no matter how tired I looked I requested that they beat me into the ground, they were simply not to let up, I expected them to fight with me for every GB and make me earn every face-off.  you may think that should be what I expected however in the past when I took draws with them they would stop after I pulled the ball out.  to be honest as far as the draw goes I am far superior, I have more experience, have more training and to tell you the truth draw wise it is clearly a mismatch.  However as I get more and more tired these guys are more than capable of winning some draws.  With there being 4 of them and 1 of me I get tired quickly.  Anyway these guys got the picture, no draw was to be an easy one for me and I promised them when I lost draws I would make them work to get the GB. and make me work they did in dead…they are all smaller and quicker on their feet than me, and none of them like to lose, if there is one thing these guys will help ME with it is getting the ball off the ground.  history tells me that when I am hitting the whistle, my opponents have a tendency to get up and try to beat me to the ball, instead of doing a move.  Great face off men hate when people do this to us…and when these guys at WAC lose a draw they are really good at pressuring me to pick up the GB, needless to say these guys will make me better at this part of the game.

Man, that first 30 minutes was intense, these guys made me work, and I salute them for their effort, it felt real good to get physical.  after that the guys had to do some full field transition, while I did some stretching and some sprints.  about 20 mins later, coach clarke called for me again.  this time I would be taking draws with whomever was not in the current drill, that meant I would have one guy at a time take about 5-10 draws with that player and then the next guy would rotate in…I probably took 30 to 40 draws almost one after the other…BRUTAL

at this point i was SPENT, I got some water and rapped a bit with some of the recruits that were on campus for the weekend, one dude had a towson lid on, so he got the most of my attention…nice kid, good sense of fashion.

anyway to say the least this was a productive day, I got to hear some much needed whistles and got to reconnect with a team what I have alot of love for.

To sum it all up my training is in full swing, I have almost all the pieces of the puzzle in place, and month one is over, three to go!

until next time

OH SNAP, I almost forgot tomorrow is the big day, giants/patriots. . .i can hardly contain myself…lets go big blue!

CAPTAINQUICKWRISTS

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/29/2008

whats up folks, i am sure if you have been reading my blogs you have also been reading the comments that have been made by the resident “hater” sofletes.  if you have not figured it out he is actually a friend of mine. in fact he is one of my best friends, and probably the only person i know that is capable of killing a man with only one hand.  he is a “recon marine”  which i believe is the marines equivalent of a navy seal ( i am sure that he is going to be mad that i compared the two…as he is surely much more bad ass than a seal)  any way, meatstick is the only way to characterize this guy, however he is also a training genius.  in fact if he were still in the Chesterton area he would be training me along side mike duquette.
so in the last couple of weeks i have put on some serious muscle, i have my bench back up over 300lbs, my squats however are not making as much progress.   i am still capable of moving over 350lbs from the squat but it is hard to make any real gains there since i do not have a workout partner in the weight room.  it is easy to get someone to spt you on the bench but not too many people want to stand behind you and mount you from behind while you grunt out squats…at least i know i would not be itching to do that for someone i do not know.

anyway back to the task at hand, it has become evident that i am bulking up pretty quick, i gave my marine buddy a call.  what is my next step?  i asked.  we talked about it for a while and decided it was time for a “300″ style weight training program.  a little hesitant i brought what he sent me this morning to mike (the personal trainer).  am i ready for this yet?. . .mike took one look at the workout and said “can you send me a copy of this tomorrow?”  if you are ready for this i think it is absolutely the best thing for you..and the decision was made, no more low rep power movements, it is time to start stripping all this access fat off of my increasingly “thick” physique.

i started with mike, ladder drills, circuit and we finished up with the theraband…i made the mistake of telling him about a drill i was thinking about creating.  we came to the conclusion that we would call it “resisted bear crawls” , where mike throws the theraband around my body and resists as i bear crawl sprint from one end of the squash court to the other, pair that up with the other drill i made the mistake of telling mike about, “stance resistance”.  this is the face-off mans equivalent of a hitting the sled in football, only we again use the theraband while i explode from about 5 feet away from the wall, out of a face off stance. i am reaching for a spot that is 30 degrees to my right and 5 feet in front of me..  i am to get back in my stance promptly and as soon as i get back in my stance he blows the whistle again(sets of 10 three times as fast as we can do it)…this is usually the last thing we do, and it always crushes me.

i was pumped to try the new workout, since “day 1″ was the equivalent of what i did yesterday in the gym i started with “day 2″…everything on these workouts is a superset with lower weights and high reps, in some cases it is a “tri set”, but that was not today.  today was chest and some explosive movements followed by some sprints..i hate sprints.

anyway, i have to tell you about this one thing that my buddy calls “man makers” …i told you he was a meat stick.  this is where i took a 40lb dumbbell in each hand, did a push up with them in hand, when you get to the “up position” you are to bring one dumbbell up while keeping your body locked in the same position.(like a bent over row),  you do that for 10 reps on each side, superset it with what is basically a elbow to knee squat jump, and repeat it five times…needless to say this crushed me…finished up with some sprints and some dry heaving and i was on my way home for dinner…sweet

one more day is over…i am starting to feel like some real progress is being made…i cant wait to see how i feel in two more weeks after i really get into this high rep workout!

oh yeah, i hope all of you are fortunate enough to get the nfl network. . .the superbowl coverage is sick…i am growing more and more confident that the g-men will be coming out of this game with a win and a big ass ring!…i think i will send them a letter and request to buy my own ring, as i am definitely a part of this team…i deserve a ring d***it!

until next time, im going to go and eat some lightning. . .shannon (my wife) is having a hard time finding recipes for it but she is coming along!

jb   a.k.a.  humbledbythepigsuitcomment

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/26/2008

well ladies and gentlemen over the last couple of weeks you have been so kind as to listen to my whining and complaining about how difficult of a time i was having getting used to working with my new trainer and getting back to “game” shape.  for this i thank you, that is why this weekends blog is a little different.

last friday i would have to say was my best weight room performance to date, i got after it pretty hard.  three sections, 10 straight minutes of a full sprint on the bike, some serious chest, 10 more minutes on the bike, some serious triceps, 10 more minutes of full sprint, followed by back and biceps, followed by abs!!!

i left feeling pretty good about myself, the bike sprints were particularly satisfying!  i came home to the dog, and the nfl network…sweet, no wife for a couple of hours(her sister was moving into college at salisbury…even though i told her that the mascot of the school was a flying rat).  now dont get me wrong i love spending time with my wife, she is clearly my better half but sometimes i like having some time with my dog and my big ass tv.  anyway i made some dinner and geared up for the last day of waterfowl season.  around here goose and duck hunting is what makes the world go round, and i am no different than the rest of the people in this town.  unfortunately work has kept me from hunting as much as i would have liked this year but sometimes that is just the way it goes. saturday however, was going to be different, my stepfather got me the invite to one of the premier hot spots in the area, at a local doctors “offshore” blind.  i had heard roomers about this place, so i was excited!

5:00am comes around and my alarm hit me like a tone of bricks, man its early.  we made it out to the doctors house by 5:45 and started our way out to the blind.  this place was great, and i wish i could explain all the factors that made this blind special, but i will start with the fact that it was in the middle of the chester river and it had a stove(for the ham, egg and cheese sandwiches), an oven(to toast the bread) and a coffee maker in it…needless to say it was a more civilized hunt, well at least it started that way…i soon found out that most of the men who were occupying the blind (all men who i have known most of my life, and my mother) were complete clowns(i mean that in the best possible way, these guys were flat out funny)…it was an entertaining day, a great group of guys to say the least!

anyway we were fortunate enough to kill our limit in “blue bills” (16) and a couple of other birds, man it was a great hunt!  special thanks to dr. “a”.

at this point you are likey asking yourself why i am telling you about this hunt, well it is simple:  sometimes you have to take a step back when you are working for something special, a goal, or when you are testing yourself.  as long as it does not interfere with your goal, you should “work hard and play hard”.  in my case i needed to “slay some ducks”. now do not get me wrong, i still went for a run, and watched what i ate, but i allowed myself to fully embrace the “male being” this morning…thats right i was all man.  there is something about getting up early, setting up a modern day hunting rig, and hunting a wild animal.  yeah yeah i get it ducks are not exactly like a wild bore, or a bear, even a deer.  still until you have experienced what it is like to have ducks “decoy” into your rig, just after sun up while you plot to unload the birds ultimate demise into its chest, you cannot judge the situation.  it is a combination of hand to eye coordination and timing. this is more than sport, it is how  our forefathers fed their children!

anyway i feel completely recharged, i cannot wait to get up in the morning and hit the weight room…i am having a hard time convincing my wife to rub my back after workouts but i think i will prevail, she is a sucker for giant traps,  and fortunately i happen to have a pair for her to work on!

all right folks…i will talk to you in a couple of days, oh and apparently the story about my biting through a keg at the o.c. touney has gotten out into the media, i was really hoping to keep that a secret…dang it!

unitl next time!

justin berry a.k.a. “ifyouhesitateiwillabuseyou”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/23/2008

Well Ladies and gentleman, “The time is now and the place is here”.  This is aquote from my favorite series of books by Dan Milliman.  This particular quote comes from “The way of the Peacefull Warrior”  and I suggest all athletes and competitors get a copy.  This book changed my life when I needed it the most. Just after my father died when I was 19 and just starting my sophmore year at Towson, a great friend (Jim D’Annunzio) gave me a copy of this book, and it helped me not only get past the pain of my fathers passing but taught me how to overcome physical pain as well.

Which leads me to this weeks post.  While in college you practice for at least two and a half hours on the field and another hour and a half in the weight room, and if you were like me you spent the beginning of the season in the breakfast club at 6:00am with Coach Ross, because you did not make the “run test”.  When it was all said and done you averaged four hours a day doing something athletic.  Presently in the year 2008 at age 28 (29 in March)I am trying to fit four hours of exercise into about an hour and a half…BRUTAL.  Not to mention my recovery time is NOTHING like it used to be.

SOOOO “The time is now”  last evening was my first Plyo’s and power movement session of the week.  Now I am not positive but I think my trainer was trying to make a point.  I was not hung over from a GIANTS game, I was not tired for over working, I was actually feeling pretty good, and I let him know that before we started.  BIG MISTAKE.  We started with some pretty simple “ladder drills”  you know one foot in, one foot out, that kind of thing.  Followed by some of that dynamic stretching, so far so good!  Finally we started the Circuit training, WHAT circuit training was not part of this deal, but apparently I do not reserve the right to complain.  The “deal” is that I trust my trainer to get me ready and I dont ask questions…BAD DEAL.

OK back to “The time is now”  about half way through the FIRST round in the three round circuit, I started to black out, you know seeing stars, legs locking up, muscles completely failing, GOOD TIMES.  As I was trying to keep it together long enough to make it through the “power pushup” part of the circuit, I simply fell on my face.  I truly didnt think I could do any more of them, I could not see two feet in front of me, but I could hear Mike (my trainer) saying “Dude, you got this, come on”  and it reminded me of the book!  it was at this moment that I had my first thoughts of failure, or thought that maybe I was too old for this, in short I was actually doubting myself.  Now anyone who knows me knows that I am, well a little bit ummm, lets just say, self confident, yeah thats right ,self confident.  So as you can imagine this feeling of doubt was not a good one for me.  As I lifted myself up to my feet and was about to say something retarded like “dude, I need some water”  I noticed that Mike was looking at me like, he knew I wanted to quit, so he made the decision for me, he just started counting down from ten (this means its time to move on to the next excecise), and we just moved on.  With the quote “The time is now and the place is here” running around in my head it became quite obvious that I needed to get through that circuit right then or I would never reach my goal. And Get through the circuit I did, and I very well could have called it a night after my workout with Mike, but I even found the energy to make my way down to the weight room, and pounded out some serious weights.  I drove home completely drained, slept like a baby, and woke up feeling alot less sore than I thought I would.

I now remember how it feels to really want something, to push yourself just a little farther than you think you can.  I remember that physical pain can be overcome with the drive to succeed, and training my mind to think this way again will be hard but it should not take too long, as I am certain that I can still take it to the next level!

Unitl next week

CAPTAINQUICKWRISTS

P.S.  GIANTS BY 4 IN THE SUPERBOWL

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